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The Rutgers football team's 34-32 loss to Indiana on Saturday brought back flashbacks to a nightmarish 2015 season for Isaiah Wharton and the Scarlet Knights' secondary. In a position group that was dismantled by injuries and off-field issues, then-true freshmen Isaiah Wharton and Blessaun Austin were both thrust into the starting lineup for nearly all of last season and received baptism by fire as the young pair of cornerbacks experienced many more lows than they did highs during their introduction to the collegiate game.The Knights finished the season with the third worst passing defense overall in the Big Ten, while allowing a second-worst average of 277 yards per game, a worst 9.5 yards per reception and 15 total touchdowns through the air across their eight conference games. Wharton surrendered 43 catches and five touchdowns, compared to just five passes defended, across his 64 targets last season, according to Pro-Football Focus.Against the Hoosiers, Rutgers' secondary, and most notably Isaiah Wharton, had a performance that was reminiscent of that forgettable 2015 season.Indiana pierced the Knights for 420 passing yards and three scores through the air.
Rutgers faces Michigan State in East Lansing in a battle at the bottom of the Big Ten East Saturday.
The Rutgers football team's offense seemed to have turned a corner.But against Indiana on Sunday, it was back to square one for Rutgers.
The Rutgers football team’s 33-27 loss to Indiana last Saturday marked the first game all season in which strong safety Anthony Cioffi didn’t play in a large majority of a game. Having played in what his position coach Bill Busch estimated to be 500-600 consecutive defensive snaps, the senior was pulled five minutes into the game after failing to take down Hoosier wide receiver Ricky Jones, doubling what would’ve been an 18-yard reception to a 36-yard touchdown as the visitors retook the lead moments after the Scarlet Knights tied it up.Bounce around!
PISCATAWAY—The Rutgers football team’s defense and special teams each had their respective moments against Indiana on Sunday.The Scarlet Knights’ defense forced three turnovers — highlighted by a 75-yard scoop-and-score by junior defensive end Darnell Davis — and two additional turnovers on downs, holding a plus-three advantage over the Hoosiers in the turnover battle.On special teams, the Knights forced a turnover on a kickoff and blocked both an extra-point try and field goal attempt from 54 yards.But it was the big plays that Rutgers allowed and critical plays it failed to capitalize on that stood out the most and came back to haunt the Knights (2-7, 0-6) in their 33-27 loss to Indiana in front of 37,345 at High Point Solutions Stadium.Rutgers was gashed for a season-high 420 yards through the air and allowed 567 yards of total offense.
The first two seasons of the Rutgers football team's tenure as a member of the Big Ten could not be more distinct, with the first exceeding any and all expectations and the second bringing the program crashing down to its roots as a national punchline.
For the first time all season, the Rutgers football team will enter a game coming off a bye week.
If you had told Kamaal Seymour earlier in the season that he would be the Rutgers football team's starting right tackle entering its matchup with Indiana this Saturday, he wouldn't have believed you.And for good reason.
From the early days of his first training camp with the Rutgers football team this past August, head coach Chris Ash has preached the importance that dominating at the line of scrimmage has on the outcome of a football game.
The Rutgers football team enters its matchup with Indiana (4-4, 2-3) this Saturday coming off a late bye week, — a break in three-straight-months of football without much rest.While nearly every unit on the team has sustained some form of physical ailment — be it significant injuries or standard nicks and bruises caused by the demanding schedule of a Big Ten program — most remain anxious to hear how the week off treated Giovanni Rescigno.The sophomore quarterback played nearly every snap in his first career start weeks ago playing against Minnesota in Minneapolis, but was limited in the latter half of the game after pulling his hamstring early in the second quarter.
Friday night football in New Jersey is mostly synonymous with high school games, but starting next fall, the State University will be joining in on the action. The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that the conference will be playing six Friday night games in 2017 as apart of its new television deal with ESPN/ABC and FOX.
Of all the questions that faced the Rutgers football team entering its first season with Chris Ash at the helm— from the quarterback situation, to transitioning to the spread offense, to inserting three inexperienced linebackers into the starting lineup — the Scarlet Knights seemed to have one constant answer since they began camp back in the spring: The defensive line was going to be the strength of the team.
The Rutgers football team didn’t take the field last Saturday for the first time all season, but that didn’t stop one of its captains from spending an afternoon around the sport.“(I) watched a ton of football,” said senior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton on what he did during the bye week.
MINNEAPOLIS— Two weeks ago, Giovanni Rescigno was only quarterbacking Rutgers' scout team offense, but last Saturday, the sophomore nearly quarterbacked the Scarlet Knights (2-6, 0-5) to their first Big Ten win of the season.Rescigno led the Knights' offense to what head coach Chris Ash described as their best performance of the season in a late 34-32 loss to Minnesota (5-2, 2-2).After scoring a combined 14 points through their first four Big Ten games, Rutgers hung 25 points — the other seven coming via a pick-six from true freshman Damon Hayes — across 372 yards of total offense, 22 first downs and a 10-for-19 conversion rate on third downs. Making his first career start for the Knights, Rescigno finished 22 of 38 for 220 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
MINNEAPOLIS — A heart rate monitor hooked up to the Rutgers football team would have shown a flatline for the last few weeks of its season.
Head coach Chris Ash announced Monday that sophomore Giovanni Rescigno earned the starting nod behind center in this Saturday’s matchup with Minnesota (noon, ESPNU) in place of junior teammate Chris Laviano, whose streak of 18 consecutive starts will come to an end in Minneapolis.
For all the positives the Scarlet Knights had on offense against the Fighting Illini, one glaring negative held them back from breaking from their skid and led to the ultimate 24-7 loss on homecoming at High Point Solutions Stadium — five turnovers, four of which coming from fumbles.
For the first time in 18 games, the Rutgers football team will have a quarterback not named Chris Laviano behind senior center Derrick Nelson on its first offensive drive of a game.Head coach Chris Ash announced sophomore quarterback Giovanni Rescigno is the Scarlet Knights’ starter “moving forward,” starting this Saturday against Minnesota (4-2, 1-2) in Minneapolis, in his press conference previewing the matchup Monday.The change comes after Rutgers was outscored 174-14 in four losses to open its Big Ten schedule and ranks penultimate among 128 FBS teams in total offense with junior signal caller Laviano as the starter.In the limited action Rescigno has seen — two snaps against Howard Sept.
The Rutgers football team’s 24-7 loss to Illinois marked the sixth straight game in which head coach Chris Ash pulled junior quarterback Chris Laviano off the field, whether it be for a couple of drives midway through a tight game against Iowa or throughout the entirety of the final three quarters of a historic blowout against No. 4 Michigan.But after watching sophomore Giovanni Rescigno build on his one drive against Howard in the second week of the season by providing a spark for the Scarlet Knights’ as they looked to comeback against the Fighting Illini, Ash was finally convinced to do what fans have been begging for throughout the first half of the season.“It's completely open,” Ash said when asked about a quarterback competition following Saturday's loss.
PISCATAWAY—The mantra surrounding the Rutgers football team leading up to its matchup with Illinois had been that of a fresh start.